We planned a traverse dayhike at Mt. Arayat, but on the eve of our climb, we changed it to Mt. Natib. In less than an hour, we again changed it to Pico de Loro. On the day of our climb, instead of climbing the Parrot's beak, we unexpectedly ended up climbing Mt. Batulao.
For the fourth time, I climbed with Dane, Agnes and Ron of Tramping Philippines. You may check their version of this story on their post: Mt. Batulao-Tagatay | The April Fools Climb.
"Yes, we'll finally be climbing Mt. Arayat" - I said to myself the night before the expected climbing date. But since it has been raining all over the Metro for days, we became worried it might end up like my failed traverse dayhike on Mt. Cristobal, thus we changed it to an easier dayhike at Mt. Natib. In less than an hour, for some reasons, Dane and Agnes decided to drop the planned Mt. Natib dayhike and changed it again to a nearer Pico de Loro dayhike. I haven't been to Pico de Loro, and to pose on top of its rock column (aka Parrot's beak or monolith) is one of my dreams.
April 1, 2012, we were waiting for Ternate-bound buses at Lawton area early at 4:30 AM. We patiently waited but unfortunately, no Ternate-bound bus came even after thirty minutes. We don't want to waste any more time by waiting for the right bus so we decided to take a Dasmariñas-bound bus and alight somewhere in Cavite where a lot of Ternate-bound bus passes by (suggested by a Dasmariñas-bound bus conductor).
Indeed, the bus dropped us somewhere in Bacoor, Cavite. But unfortunately again, there were still no Ternate-bound buses on that area, grrr, we were fooled on April Fools. After one hour of waiting for nothing, we saw Nasugbu-bound buses, thus, it gave us an idea to do a dayhike on Mt. Batulao instead.
A very unexpected dayhike on Mt. Batulao, I was surprised and excited since I have not tramped this mountain yet. Also, the tragic incident that took the life of a mountaineer which happened just last February caught my curiosity, I want to see where exactly it happened in Mt. Batulao.
It was around 07:00 AM when we reached Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu, Batangas. We ate first our breakfast in a carinderia located near Evercrest then we rode a trike to the village (the main jump-off) inside Evercrest. Our trek to Mt. Batulao's nine summits started at around 8:00 AM.
|Pico de Loro behind Mt. Talamitam, viewed from the old trail of Mt. Batulao|
|twin peaks of Mt. Batulao|
|Peak 9, the highest peak|
|scrambling towards Peak 9, for me ito lang ang mahirap na part ng trail|
|beautiful rock formations of Mt. Batulao|
|at the summit|
|other peaks of Mt. Batulao|
|the 8th peak, where the accident happened|
|candles for the soul of Mam Diana|
|the New Trail of Mt. Batulao, walk in the park lang|
|Taal Volcano and Lake plus Mt. Maculot at the back|
PS. I thought my Olympus DigiCam met its mortality on my climb (a rainy climb) at Mt. Cristobal a week before this Mt. Batulao dayhike. But hey, after I hung it at the back of our refrigerator (yup, I'm quite old school), it worked very well again. haha. And look, I was able to use it here in my Mt. Batulao Climb.